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Ducati-Bridgestone combination working wonders for Stoner & Capirossi

Ducati-Bridgestone combination working wonders for Stoner & Capirossi

The sheer power and all round consistency of Ducati's Desmosedici GP07, teamed with perfectly selected Bridgestone compounds, was in clear evidence again throughout the Grand Prix of Turkey weekend.

The sheer power and all round consistency of Ducati's Desmosedici GP07, teamed with perfectly selected Bridgestone compounds, was in clear evidence again throughout the Grand Prix of Turkey weekend – with Casey Stoner ultimately cruising to victory by a considerable 6.207 second margin on his powerful Italian machinery in Sunday's race.

In just his second year in MotoGP Stoner is the story of the season so far and has the benefit of close access to experienced team-mate Loris Capirossi, who also made a welcome return to the podium in Turkey, to call on should he need advice as the campaign progresses.

Stoner's second victory of the 2007 season, following his awesome use of a red-hot Ducati-Bridgestone combination in Qatar, leaves the likeable young Aussie with a ten point advantage over Valentino Rossi in the World Championship standings, meaning that he is being taken seriously as a contender for the title currently held by Nicky Hayden.

Having finished second at Istanbul Park in his rookie season last year, Stoner was hopeful of another successful outing despite qualifying fourth for the race, hindered by cold tyres at a critical moment and some traffic around him on track in the Saturday afternoon session.

He made full use of the power at his disposal when it mattered most, and was also by far the quickest rider in the second two free practice sessions and the pre-race warm-up.

Throughout the weekend he headed the top speed charts, regularly reaching 300 km/h plus speeds on the pick of the new 800cc MotoGP bikes, whilst the rest of the MotoGP grid lagged 5 or 6 km/h behind him on that front – demonstrating that the combination of his riding talent, the power of his machinery and the quality of the Bridgestone tyres can produce quite brilliant results. It was certainly a healthy picture for Stoner in comparison with Rossi during the race itself, as the Italian dropped steadily off the pace due to problems with his Michelin compounds.

"Fortunately I managed to get past Colin quite early and then Valentino ran wide coming onto the back straight and pretty much gifted me first the first position," explained Stoner. "From there I just got my head down for a couple of laps, managed to get a bit of a break and kept building. With the Ducati and the Bridgestones working so well I couldn't do anything wrong really today. I couldn't really lose today after I got out in front."

The dream start to the season has come of something of a surprise to the 21 year-old, who concluded by saying, "we really weren't expecting such a great first few races, but we are always working hard to get the best results possible."

Cheerful new dad Capirossi meanwhile, whose wife recently gave birth to their first child, was in good spirits too after he secured third place just behind Honda Gresini's Toni Elias to make up for his disappointments in Qatar and Jerez.

The Italian veteran, who also enjoyed his outing on the Desmosedici in Turkey, joked: "It's a perfect weekend. I feel like the father of these two guys (Stoner and Elias) because I'm really old. I started well today and I tried to catch Casey, but he's really fast so I didn't want to risk too much. It's a perfect weekend for Ducati really, with us finishing first and third, so we'll see what happens in the next part of the season."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Casey Stoner, Loris Capirossi

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